Anne Hidalgo

White, ageing and male: the profile of a typical French mayor


Paris is about to have its first woman mayor in the city's long history. But the certainty that either socialist Anne Hidalgo or right-wing candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet will take the reins of the French capital after the two rounds of local elections that start this Sunday masks the fact that most French towns and cities will be run by a man whichever of the main parties wins the local vote. An examination of the mayoral election candidates by Mediapart has revealed that the great majority are male, white – and not very young. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi report on the slow progress made by the country's two major mainstream parties in making their politicians more representative of the populace.

Odds against conservative challenger as Paris vote looms

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Former environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet trails in polls to socialist rival Anne Hidalgo in battle to be mayor of French capital.

Gloves off as Paris pollution dirties city’s mayoral debate

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Candidates to become the next mayor of the French capital have seized on row over pollution to try to score points over opponents.

Now Paris mayoral candidate joins in cross-Channel spat

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Anne Hidalgo, deputy mayor and tipped to win upcoming mayoral elections, slams London tourism claims and its 'boastful' mayor Boris Johnson.

Fiery centrist to take on Socialist for Paris mayor

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The opposition UMP have chosen tough-talking moderate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet as their candidate in the Paris mayoral election in 2014.